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Edward Francis Papers 1925-1945
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The papers focus almost entirely on tularemia in Japan and Russia. The Dr. Hachiro Ohara folders contains correspondence (1925-1943) mostly between this Japanese doctor and Public Health Service officers. The discussions seek to prove that the Yato-Byo (rabbit fever) pathogen was the same as that identified by Dr. Francis as the cause of tularemia. Similarly, the folders Tularemia in Russia (1928-1940) contains correspondence between the Public Health Service and Russian bacteriologists Drs. I. Kritschewski, D. Golov, and Gregory Zarhi concerning the Russian scientists' attempts to identify disease outbreaks as tularemia. Material also documents subsequent information about the status of tularemia in both regions.

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